This January, Saicho sparkling teas has teamed up with esteemed British cheese shop, Neal’s Yard Dairy to create a truly unique cheese board, to be enjoyed throughout Dry January by non-drinkers and foodies alike. Each exquisite cheese is perfectly paired with one of Saicho's expressions; Jasmine, Darjeeling and Hojicha.
For those who are looking to give up booze, or simply cutting back the alternative pairing will provide an enlivening twist on the classic cheese and wine combination. Proving that giving up alcohol doesn’t mean a total overhaul of indulging; the cheeseboard marries two incredibly complex ingredients together, cold-brewed teas and a mixture of artisan British cheeses to create a refreshing yet elegant at home dining experience.
Saicho Teas are cold-brewed for twenty-four hours then finely balanced with a hint of sweetness and a dash of acidity. As a finishing touch, sparkling the tea enhances the flavour and creates an effervescent drink, designed to be served chilled in a Champagne flute or coupe. Rather like single estate wines, each comes from a specific region and the variety expressed in that bottle has been carefully chosen to be paired with certain flavours and textures, making them the perfect accompaniment to a moreish cheese board.
Each cheese on the Saicho cheeseboard has been carefully chosen for its taste, texture and aromas which complements and enhances the ranging sweetness and acidities of the Saicho Teas. The Cashel Blue, an easy-eating blue cheese with a pleasantly buttery texture is paired with the Jasmine tea. The sweet floral flavours of this tea lifts up the rich, creaminess of the Cashel Blue, while providing a nice contrast to the slight saltiness of the cheese. The Berkswell cheese, often compared to a Manchego, works perfectly with the light astringency of the Darjeeling tea and complements the gentle acidity of this cheese, with sweet, caramelly undertones which round out the muscatel flavours in the tea. The Appleby's Cheshire cheese is paired with Saicho’s Hojicha sparkling tea. A well-balanced raw milk cheese boasting rich mineral flavours and the bright acidity and the savoury undertones of this British territorial cheese are a robust pairing for the savoury, roasted flavours of the Hojicha tea.
The Saicho cheese board is priced at £33, including a box of Sheridan’s Mixed Crackers and is available to purchase online here.